TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has caused something of a stir by suggesting that a family with a combined income of €100,000 shouldn’t be seen as being rich.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, a spokesperson for Varadkar said that, in the context of high mortgage and childcare costs, families bringing in that amount of money via joint income can no longer be considered as being well off.
The statement comes in the context of Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty’s statement last week that child benefit may be means tested in future, with the Taoiseach firmly putting the kibosh on that idea.
He also stated that the ‘average’ (as opposed to the mean) salary for a full-time worker in Ireland is €44,000.
But do you agree that a family earning €100,000 a year can no longer be considered to be rich?
We’re asking: Do you consider a family which earns €100,000 to be ‘rich’?